Our family has always maintained a love of the outdoors and a reverence for the land. In our past lives before moving to Oregon, we had built businesses, travelled the world, and were fortunate to experience so many of the world’s greatest treasures, from big to small. Today we continue to build a legacy for our children and grandchildren. At its core, Abbey Road Farm is one family’s project to root themselves in this beautiful countryside and bring the best to all those who visit our special little slice of heaven.
For nearly a decade, John Stuart was privileged to serve on the board of directors of a large Las Vegas hotel/casino. He always knew that the Carlton area needed the next level of accommodation and experience, but that it should also be paired with warm service and excellent food. But what to do next? Naturally that was the question our family faced as we sold business interests and our properties in Nevada and prepared to relocate to Oregon. Too young to retire yet but still not anxious to continue the pace of our former lives, a realistic challenge was in order and it became our family’s goal to recreate the sustainable family farm.
We purchased the farm in March of 2003 and that autumn started our building program by first addressing the construction of a new home on the property. This took the better part of a year and a half and was finished just in time to start building the B&B. In January of 2005 we initiated the process of converting the old grain silos into the unique Abbey Road Farm Bed & Breakfast “Silo Suites”.
In 2007 we secured formal licensure as an events center, and our facilities are hard-to-beat in Yamhill county when it comes to hosting weddings, concerts and corporate events.
In 2008, we opened our AgriVino Event Center to expand our event offerings and to serve a wider variety of fares with custom winemaker dinners, special events, and retreats for our favorite local charity working to improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease, the Brian Grant Foundation.
2015 again saw more growth as the next generation of Stuarts – brother and sister Anthony & Evyan Stuart – moved back to Oregon from their lives around the country and globe.
AgriVino Events Center became the home of Dario & Sheena Pisoni in June 2015, as they introduced world-class event dining to the roster of experiences at Abbey Road Farm. Raised in Alba, Italy, and having learned the time-honored tradition of culinary education on his grandmother’s lap, Dario Pisoni is a renowned chef and culinary artist with an inimitable understanding of old world Italian cuisine. To top it off, Dario is a master at pairing wines with his foods and always educates those experiencing his cooking on the intricacies of connecting food with wine.
In 2017, Abbey Road Farm has joined forces with our friends at The Water Oasis to bring their expertise in wedding and events planning to Abbey Road Farm. Our multiple venues will now be managed by their wonderful staff and they will bring a professionalism to your event experience unmatched in the Willamette Valley.
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The B & B is located on an 82 acre working farm in the middle of Yamhill County’s wine country. The Stuart Family chose this particular farm largely because of the memories it evoked of those in Europe that John experienced in his childhood. The surrounding landscape is so reminiscent of the countryside of his youth growing up in places like England and Germany, the son of a US military man.
After purchasing the farm in March of 2003 we needed to create a plan of action and decide what our “crops” would be. We wanted to integrate what was already in place with some new enterprises. The property came with 2 acres of Queen Anne Cherries, a delicious variety used principally in the making of maraschinos. With 65+ acres of open ground it seemed appropriate to consider a low maintenance perennial like fescue grass. Today, grass seed has become Oregon’s primary field crop. The side benefit is that we now have what amounts to a huge lawn!
Since we love goat’s milk cheese and the various products made from goat’s milk, and further given that goats have a low impact on the land and are such gentle creatures, the last choice was obvious. Our third “crop” would be dairy goats. So, upon our arrival in the summer of 2003 we established a hobby herd of precious pets and made farmstead goat cheeses for many years. Over time, we decided to let our girl goats enjoy their retirement as we shifted to adding more events and experiences at Abbey Road Farm. We still have a herd of very friendly ladies who love getting petted and fed by our always-happy-to-oblige guests! We even have two mini goats — Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Tally & Dalvin — who are very friendly and will stay little their whole lives.
Llamas, sheep, and alpacas round out the current collection of pasture animals. We also built a chicken coop and have one of the most diverse flocks around. Polish, Sultans, Australopes, Arcuanas and Sex Links are the egg laying varieties we have. Not only are the chickens colorful but so are their eggs, ranging in color from pale green to blue to brown as well as white. You’ll find them served in the B&B year-round, as well as fresh vegetables from our bountiful vegetable garden.
Come rain or shine, animals must be fed and cared for, trees must be pruned and crops must be tended. Working on the farm and the “real farm experience” is something that visitors sometimes inquire about. We occasionally allow those seeking a true farm experience to participate with tasks in the garden, the orchards and animal related chores. Let us know if you’re willing to spend a few hours weeding, stacking hay, mucking stalls or whatever as we are only too happy to accommodate! Take a vocation vacation!
In our prior lives, our family was involved in the insurance business and a good many of our clients were major hotel groups in our hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, we all have wide and diverse backgrounds in the hospitality industry and have always enjoyed traveling and staying at fine Bed & Breakfasts where we could truly relax and move about at our own pace. Thus, not surprisingly, it was an easy choice for us to build our own Bed & Breakfast.
In January of 2005 we initiated the process of converting the old grain silos into the unique Abbey Road Farm Bed & Breakfast “Silo Suites”.
The suites were finished on the anniversary of the second year of our arrival, July 2005. Each room has a spectacular view of the valley, wetlands, pastures and/or gardens. And although this is a working farm, the accommodations are more like what one would find at a resort. Our desire was to build our Bed & Breakfast as a place that we ourselves would want to visit. Hence, the fabulous views, a location in the country yet accessible to nearby cities, and a place surrounded by nature and featuring nothing but the freshest food.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the area with a stroll through our gardens and orchards. Feel free to bring your bike and enjoy miles of country roads perfect for cycling. Relax in the evenings under white oak trees with a glass of the new “favorite wine” you found today. Sit back as the sun sets over the ridgeline across the valley or play some horseshoes with the other guests. No matter what, be prepared to take in some beautiful sights and sounds as you unwind here at the farm.
Not surprisingly, it takes a team to run a farm and we have some very dedicated and talented staff members.
Skip and Pam Berkery are our fantastic Innkeepers who keep our guests well fed and are as welcoming as any two can be. After many years of jointly operating a group home for women convalescing and entering hospice care, they have a compassion and warmth that is unmatched anywhere you could go. Pam is an excellent, and an even better baker, so our guests are treated with delectable, multi-course breakfasts made with as many farm-fresh ingredients from our vegetable garden as she can. Skip has been our “Artist in Residence” at Abbey Road Farm since 2007, and he is known throughout Oregon and the country for his expertly crafted furniture and woodwork made exclusively from used Pinot Noir barrels.
Lizeth helps with both the B&B cleaning and cooking. She has been a part of our farm family for more than a decade, and now her young boys are old enough to enjoy the animals around the farm!
Needless to say, we also get some help from some of our four legged friends. Our farm and family include Mulder – “Mully”, a basset hound/labrador retriever mix (a.k.a. “lowrider lab”), and Renegade – “Renny”, a basset hound/weimaraner mix. They promise to love you up whenever you give them a belly rub… or even better, something tasty!